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How Superior Coach Co. school buses move children safely to and from school, told through the experience of Mickey Miller, who is just a bit too young to ride the bus to school and yearns to do so. Dramatic film in Ektachrome which uses closeups well. School bus driver: John Butler (police chief of Mansfield, Ohio, where this film was produced).
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Safety Enterprises Corporation
Sponsor: Superior Coach Corporation
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Children: Psychology; Transportation: Buses: School buses; Safety: School buses
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: A sedative masquerading as a bus safety film
There are few films that can surpass or even equal the mediocrity of Special Delivery, a horrendously cumbersome safety film for schoolbus operators that fails to captivate. Instead of simply attempting to discuss the fundamentals of schoolbus safety and procedure in a concise, forthright manner, the film's creators place the necessary educational elements within a dry, unengaging story involving Mickey Miller, a recalcitrant little boy who has developed a strong distrust of the local schoolbus and its driver, Bill Marshall. It appears that Mickey has been reading far too many James Fenimore Cooper novels, as he wears a feathered headdress and continually shoots toy arrows at the schoolbus, a vehicle that he refers to as the "white man's stagecoach." Mickey is miffed when he isn't allowed to board the bus because of his age, but shortly after he reaches "age more than five," he and his older sister Millie are taken on a special bus ride by Bill in an effort to gain the young boy's respect. After a mishmash of schoolbus operation information is conveyed during the trip, Mickey alters his attitude and begins to take well to Bill. At the end of the film, however, Bill humiliates a diminutive boy who isn't allowed to ride the bus by calling him "Shorty" right in front of all of the other children. If Bill is striving to establish a rapport with his future passengers, he certainly isn't doing a good job. This lengthy production is quite a chore to watch.
It should be a crime to wear garish horn-rimmed glasses like the ones Millie sports throughout the film.
Subject: All aboard the White Man's Wagon!
Somewhat depressing film which is all about a boy named Mickey, and how he wants so desperately to ride the 'White Man's Wagon cough *Rosa Parks* excuse me, now where was I? Oh right, but he can't because he's too young! Well, a year whizzes past, and now he can! Problem is, he doesnt trust that bus driver who through all of last year, wouldnt let him on. So, in a brilliant idea I'm sure, the bus driver picks up Mickey and his sister at the crack of dawn to pick up his bus, do safety checks and then pick up everyone, and reverse the process after school. Just the look of his sister 'Millie' all throughout the film will tell you how thrilled she was to do this, or heck, to be in this film to begin with, as she sounds interably bored throughout.
Subject: Hey, I grew up in Mansfield, Ohio
What a loopy little journey aboard the school bus!
Little Mikey dresses like and Injun and wants to ride the big bus, but he's too young. So he decides that it's the "white man's stagecoach" and that he'll never ride it (even though he does, at the first day of school next year). Then the kindly bus driver decides to take him along for a day's work on the bus in this very strange film.
Not sure who this was targeted to: bus safety seems to be the main topic, from touching on safe behavior on the bus, to the training bus drivers go through, to the safe manufacture of the bus. Viewers are advised not to skimp on their buses, so perhaps it was for appropriations boards.
The really weird part is that it's a full NINE MINUTES before we get to any of this. Up till then it's just little Mikey's psychosis. Closes with a shot of a little kid crying. Odd.
In closing, Lexington sucks! Mansfield Senior High Tygers RULE!
Steve Nordby -
Subject: Boring industrial film screaming with sub-text
All the children are special to bus driver Bill. But he wants to keep his job, so patience is his weapon. Next year they will be a little older, and for 5-year-old Mickey Miller, it will be the start of a great adventure. The first day of school is a new, worthwhile challenge with eager children. But a wise man can distinguish fact from fancy, and although Bill fancies Mickey, Mickey is ambivalent about Bill. So Bill rings the door to get Mickey out of bed, take him for a ride in his car, and make him behave. "What was this all about," Mickey thinks. Bill's opportunity had come! What a nice bus you have! Mickey enjoys being around buses. Maybe someday he'll get to be "patrol boy"! In emergencies,the rear door is "desirable". And remember to use protection.